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Jamaica 4-H clubbities from early childhood institutions, primary and high schools in Manchester, showed off their skills in various areas of home economics and agriculture, as the Manchester 4-H Clubs recently staged another successful Parish Achievement Day.
Under the theme: ‘Youth Involvement in Local Food Production For Sustainability’ the event, held at the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf in Knockpatrick, saw the young people competing in budding and grafting, public speaking, goat rearing, towel folding, table setting, cake baking and decorating, seed identification and agro-processing, among other areas.
Medals and awards were presented to winners, and second and third place finishers in the various categories, with the coveted Boy and Girl of the Year titles going respectively, to 2009 recipient of the Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Agriculture and the President of the Manchester 4-H Clubs Junior Leaders’ Association, Kevaugh Bonner; and Vice President of the Manchester 4-H Clubs Junior Leaders’ Association, Natasha Smith.
Youth Empowerment Officer at the National Centre for Youth Development, Keitho Nembhard, who was the guest speaker, pointed to the need for more young people to get into farming to move the country forward.
He also encouraged the clubbites to become active participants in the 4-H Movement.
“I am asking you all not only to be involved when Achievement Day comes around but be an active participant in the progress of the 4-H so that you can benefit, so that the community in which you live can benefit, so that the club can benefit and in the end, your country will benefit from it,” he stated.
The Manchester Achievement Day was part of an annual series organised by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs to showcase and highlight the work of clubbities in the various parishes.
The top clubbities at the parish level go on to compete in regional and national competitions.

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